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SCAL2 or MTC

westies2westies2 Posts: 41Member
edited February 2011 in General
Ok purchased the SCAL2 about 4 months ago. I have circut expression and about 20 cartridges. I am struggling with learning curve of the SCAL2 wondering how many of you were previous SCAL2 users who then purchased MTC ? have you ever looked back ? do you still use SCAL2 ? how easy is it to get the brain to switch to a different program?

each time I think I will go ahead and purchase MTC I end up changing my mind and trying to convince myself it's me and I just need to take more time with SCAL2. It seems I spend alot of time trying to design and less and less time actually crafting.

Just looking to get some feedback before I go and spend more money on computer programs. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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  • K_leeK_lee Posts: 6,411Member
    Only have MTC, but many testimonials here that it is easier than Scal.........
    K_lee's Krafting Niche'
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    Jlambert, why don't you go ahead and download it and play with it - it is free to try (unlimited). The trial version will cut a line through your design when it cuts but otherwise it is not crippled.

    I downloaded SCAL and tried it, found it hard to use. I downloaded MTC and found that it was very intuitive so I bought it. But I tried both first.
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  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    CeCe????

    Did you put in the wrong code, maybe?
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  • CeCeCreatesCeCeCreates Posts: 1,869Member
    Yes, I am trying to put in a permalink, but can't get it to work!!!!!!!!
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    Which one? I will help if you need it.
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  • daffeydildaffeydil Posts: 2,798Member
    JLambert.
    I have SCAL. I bought it before I bought MTC and never have used it since I bought MTC.
    Sharon
  • CeCeCreatesCeCeCreates Posts: 1,869Member
    Thanks, it is called "MTC or SCAL? Help decide...". Thought I knew how to do permalink, but guess I don't. :-?
  • westies2westies2 Posts: 41Member
    I did download it last night but haven't had a chance to play with the MTC I have been lurking on the message board reading comments and looking at peoples projects :)
  • westies2westies2 Posts: 41Member
    thanks sshear I am hoping that I have the same result I just don't want to have buyers remorse and discover it's not really the programs but it is the "OPERATOR".....
  • neldanelda Posts: 11,637Moderator
    edited February 2011
    Here's the discussion: http://forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/6723/mtc-or-scal-help-decide.../p1

    And here is what I did CeCe: find the discussion, right click on permalink, and choose what ever looks/sounds like "copy link address".
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    But it didn't work right either...something fishy going on.....I think that link works.

    (OK, tried it again and it did work, musta been operator error!)
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  • CeCeCreatesCeCeCreates Posts: 1,869Member
    Oh thanks so much Nelda!
  • daffeydildaffeydil Posts: 2,798Member
    JLambert,
    I felt the same way but justified the purchase by telling myself that the cost of the program was about the same price of one cartridge and if I couldn't figure out how to use it or didn't like it I wouldn't be out much $. It has been my best ever software purchase.
    Sharon
  • DarleneIDarleneI Posts: 2,325Member
    I agree with the good things said about MTC. I have SCAL and rarely turn it on. With MTC I only use Illustrator when I have to. I am 58 yrs. old and MTC is the best user friendly program I have ever had. The learning curve is simple enough for a fifth grader to learn. My 7 yr. old grandson could probably use it if he'd sit still long enough.
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,371Member
    I started with SCAL 1, Purchased SCAL2, then along came MTC. After learning to you MTC, I have used SCAL only for producing SCUT files for those who need them. I enjoy designing in MTC. Playing with SCAL2 again this week, I realize why I stick with MTC. It is so much easier for me to use.
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  • artsie1artsie1 Posts: 1,437Member
    Definately MTC; never had SCAL but did compare. The people here are totally awesome too! The are very supportive and help with anything. So my vote is MTC; plus upgrades are free but you can donate to keep it free. I actually need to donate because they are always upgrading but need to get some other financial things out of the way first. The people here are hard to come by; lifes to short MTC all the way!
  • JinJin Posts: 1,662Member
    I have SCAL, bought SCAL2 and while the disk was on the way to me, MTC was released. I sold SCAL2 before it arrived in my mailbox and bought MTC. I have not looked back since.

    The only way to find out how you feel about the program is to actually give it a try. Download the free trial here:

    http://make-the-cut.com/

    by clicking on the Download Now button. Install it and see if you how you like it.

    There are a lot of great projects posted under "Your Masterpieces" and I have a whole gallery full of projects that wouldn't have been possible without MTC.

    http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com/p/my-lettering-delights-gallery.html

    :)




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  • mommahobbitmommahobbit Posts: 3,022Member
    ditto
    I started with SCAL 1, Purchased SCAL2, then along came MTC. After learning to you MTC, I have used SCAL only for producing SCUT files for those who need them. I enjoy designing in MTC. Playing with SCAL2 again this week, I realize why I stick with MTC. It is so much easier for me to use.
  • Angel135612Angel135612 Posts: 4,246Member
    Another thing to keep in mind about MTC, even if you download the free trial version, decide to buy, then change your mind... Andy has a 30 day money back guarantee... so if you decide you didn't want it after you paid for it, you can get your money back. The only time I have ever heard of any one even asking for a refund was if they couldn't get it to work on their computer for some reason, and that doesn't happen often.
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  • LisaHLisaH Posts: 548Member
    Have SCAL2....found MTC about 3/4 months later. I downloaded the trial of MTC, showed my husband how much easier it was to use....and it became my early Christmas Present!!! Best gift he could have gotten me and I don't think I have even opened SCAL2 since. Definately worth the purchase price and so much easier to learn and use!!!!!
  • HelenHelen Posts: 1,787Member
    I also have SCAL2, it is a good program...BUT, MTC is outstanding! I fidgeted with do I push the button to buy MTC, will I use it enough...questions I asked myself. Well, I did buy it for a couple of reasons. The software is the best, this forum really sold me and one of the members here, Dana had a tutorial on print and cut...this old brain finally understood the process because of Dana. Many other members here are so very helpful in answering questions. I really love the fact that this is an active forum, always something new going on. I can promise you this, if you purchase MTC you will NOT have buyers remorse. Helen
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  • Beanie_ID62Beanie_ID62 Posts: 3,775Member
    edited February 2011
    I have used both and I sell both from my blog when someone ask me what I like better it is MTC all the way baby but of someone ask me what is easier I tell them to download the trial of both and see what you like better. I personally find MTC much more user friendly. I have used both programs since day one of each hitting the web so I do know how to use both but MTC is my go to hands down. Oh and might I add lots of use have blogs with mini tuts and lots of free cutting files....
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  • lylacfeylylacfey Posts: 138Member
    I was a die hard SCAL user. I have other die cutting machines and that was what sold me on MTC. Now, I am only using MTC. The reason is that I like simplicity. I don't want to maintain two similar programs. Since MTC works with several die cutters it was the winning one. I do love both programs and highly recommend them both.

    What I tell everyone when trying to decide cutters or software that will be the program you will mainly be working in. If it's not a comfortable fit or you can't create with it then you need to find another one. If your not using your cutter because the software is too hard then you have a dust collector and clutter in your home.

    This goes for any die cutting software from Funtime, Silhouette Studio, SCAL, MTC or even Inkscape. If it's uncomfortable dump it for a different program.

  • HappyMommy2_4HappyMommy2_4 Posts: 139Member
    I had SCAL, then upgraded to SCAL 2. I found the learning curve to be substantial and even then I couldn't always figure out what to do. So then MTC came along and I downloaded the trial...not really wanted to buy yet another program. Well, in about an hour after downloading the trial I had the credit card out and was buying and have not felt buyers remorse yet!!! I think I have open SCAL2 about three times in the last year. I LOVE MTC and it is sooooo much easier to use. AND this messageboard is so helpful...if you have a question or an issue, you rarely wait more than a couple minutes to have a solution. I say go for MTC...you will not regret it.
    Shelley
  • angelcrafterangelcrafter Posts: 88Member
    I too had SCAL, did the upgrade, tried to learn inkscape, found out about MTC, bought it, and I haven't used SCAL since. MTC is sooo user friendly, and the forum is amazing, everyone is so friendly and helpful. Also, you will never have to pay for an upgrade...MTC ALL THE WAY... I haven't read the previous posts but my guess is they all say about the same.
  • paupau04paupau04 Posts: 4,771Member
    I have both and I haven't used SCAL in a very long time. The thing I like the most with MTC is that is works with different cutters. I have 6 cutters and love the ability to use one software.
    Who's sorry now?...Hell hath no fury as a crafter scorned!!!

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  • JensMomJensMom Posts: 1,137Member
    I too, have both SCAL and MTC. In my opinion, MTC beats SCAL hands down. I was hesitant to purchase another program after paying for SCAL, but the learning curve was driving me nutty. I want TO HAVE FUN!!! when I am crafting, not trying to figure out complex stuff and running to inkscape, It's just too much for me, sooooo I bit the bullet and bought MTC and it was the BEST decision I ever made. I actually have FUN now when I use the program, it's so intuitive. Believe me, you will never open SCAL again.

    Another BIG bonus is this forum. We are a family who share, encourage and cheer for each other. There are webinars every Tuesday and any questions you have are answered. If you need help, it's minutes away. I hope you make the decision to come here to MTC, It will be a good one!! Welcome!!!
  • monamona Posts: 33Member
    I have SCAL. I bought it before I bought MTC and I have never used it since I bought MTC. The upgrades are free.The forum is a great place to learn. I'm planning to buy another cutter and MTC works with many different ones. MTC is the One for me. Go for it.
  • ScrappyKristinScrappyKristin Posts: 336Member
    I have C's Design Studio, SCAL, MTC and a gypsy. I never use CDS, haven't used SCAL since I purchased MTC and only use my gypsy on occasion. I sold SCAL for a whole year before MTC came out and would never go back. The testimonials on here tell the story! :-)
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  • westies2westies2 Posts: 41Member
    Thank you everyone this has made my decision so much easier. Jen's mom that is exactly how I feel i want to create not sit for hours trying to figure out how to get the program to do what I want to do. One thing that I have discovered regardless of the program people are always so helpful and in this day for complete strangers to come together and be so helpful is amazing. HUMMmm maybe we need to convince everyone to start crafting. :) Thanks again. My husband asked me tonite what I want for valentines day and I'm going to tell him his CREDIT CARD :) to purchase MTC.
  • IffyIffy Posts: 63Member
    Before purchasing MTC I used both programs and I have several friends who have SCAL. I'd never even heard of MTC just happened upon it. I chose MTC because of this forum and how helpful everyone is. MTC is the best in my opinon. Super easy to use. My 11 year caught on quick!
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